As It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia wrapped up its 12th season last week, the gang of Paddy’s Pub left things on a bit of a cliffhanger.
Instead of wrapping up the season in the usual melee of destruction and chaos (aka, a high note), this time, events took a bit of a turn as charming sociopath Dennis Reynolds decided to take leave of his merry band of idiots as he opted to go off to raise the son he accidentally fathered off-screen in an earlier episode.
Then to mirror real life, actor Glenn Howerton began to hint to the press that he might retire from playing the adorable psychopath from the FXX show, thus throwing the long-running dark comedy into flux.
“So… it’s a little complicated,” Howerton told Uproxx. “I may seem a little bit evasive here, and I don’t mean to. It’s not entirely certain whether I am or am not. I might be. I might be, but I might not be. That really is the truth.”
The actor also hinted at a possible extended hiatus for the series before it returns for a 13th season.
If Howerton is preparing to take leave of the gang, he’s doing so on a high note. It seems that season 12 did its best to squash all its beefs and clean its plates of all dangling storylines.
For example, Dennis no longer has to worry about ex-wife former-human future-feline Maureen anymore, as she “accidentally” broke her neck while jumping a gate while in her cat fursona. RIP Maureen Ponderosa. The joke died before you did.
And Mac finally embraced his true sexuality and came out (sort of) as a gay man, complete with a home gym, which is actually only a stationary bike with a sex toy strapped to the seat.
Cricket? Yeah. Lost cause, man. He was given a chance at redemption, but there ain’t no hope there. Just a future of dog orgies, drug use and skin grafts.
The waitress? Charlie finally got her. But their post-coital bliss was only momentary as her inner shrew began to shine through, scaring the shit out Charlie as he heads for the hills and runs over to…
Dee’s, who end up as the head of group when everyone is out of ideas. Sort of. Kind of. Momentarily.
So, fans of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia now wait have to find out the news if the D.E.N.N.I.S. System will make its return for a 13th year and exactly how long of a wait that might be.
It’s not the news that upsetting. It’s the implication.